New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and Hall of Valor Museum: Woodson's Missouri Cavalry
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 39.843 W 078° 40.031
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Quick Description: The Missouri Cavalry was put under the command of Capt. Woodson at the Battle of New Market.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 12:57:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMBGQW
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and Hall of Valor Museum on the Valley & Mountain/Route 11: Winchester to Port Republic section of the Virginia Civil War Discovery TrailClick for CWDT link to open in new window is a 280-acre park that features a Civil War museum, a walking tour through the battlefield, and a restored 19th-century farm.

One of the stops is on the battlefield or the Field of Lost Shoes as it was dubbed by a VMI cadet whose shoe was sucked off in the mud of the wheat field -- “Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.” Woodson’s Missouri Cavalry in the Battle of New Market. On May 15, 1864 , Union Gen. Sigel and his 10,000 troops clashed with a small Confederate force of 4000 and cadets from the nearby Virginia Military Institute led by Gen. Breckenridge at the New Market battlefield. Seventy men of the 1st Missouri Cavalry were assigned to Confederate Capt. Charles H. Woodson's command. Because of the lack of horses, the cavalry fought on foot. During the battleClick for related waymark to open in new window that ensued, the Missourians faced heavy fire from the 30th NY artillery battery. In an account Lt. Ed Scott gave of his experiences that day, he said, "Tommy Cave came to me with blood pouring from his neck and said, ‘Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.’ I took his hand and eased him to the ground. These were the last words he spoke." Four men from the MO Cavalry were killed and 35 were wounded.

In 1905, two veterans of the company erected a monument on the New Market battlefield. The simple inscription reads:

This rustic pile
The simple tale will tell:
It marks the spot
Where Woodson’s heroes fell.

Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
8895 George Collins Parkway
New Market, VA USA
22844


Phone Number: 540-740-3101

Admission Charged: More than $5

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-81 take exit 264 at New Market; turn onto Route 211 west and immediately turn right onto Route 305 (George Collins Parkway). Follow "State Historical Park" signs to the main entrance at the end of the Parkway.


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